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School delighted with self-funded library

Childrens author John Dougherty opens the new library at St Marys School with pupils and staff looking on

Childrens author John Dougherty opens the new library at St Marys School with pupils and staff looking on

A new school library will give pupils a place where they can learn without having to worry about targets, a children’s author has said.

Pupils, parents, staff and friends raised more than £7,000 to fund the library which was formally opened at St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Chipping Norton by children’s author John Dougherty and town mayor Mike Tysoe a fortnight ago.

Mr Dougherty, a former teacher and author of the popular Zeus series, cut the ribbon watched by excited pupils and said: “A good library should be at the heart of every school.

“There are too many demands I think on children and we don’t teach them enough about the fun of reading.

“A library should be a place where they can explore the world on their own with no demands being made of them.”

Head teacher Yvonne Barnes said the school was delighted with the library which features colourful book displays, comfortable rugs and carpets and a tunnel which children can crawl through to access different areas.

She said: “We’ve started from scratch. It’s about encouraging children to read which opens up all kinds of opportunities.

“At this time of many libraries having to close, we wanted to have our own library in our school.”

The library is staffed by part time librarian Lucia Edwards who has helped mastermind the project and co-ordinate a band of willing volunteers. Fundraising activities included a Christmas bazaar and a summer fair.

An ongoing fundraising programme is in place to help pay for the library’s upkeep and running costs.

Mrs Barnes said: “The parental support in getting it together and making today happen has been fantastic.

“The challenge now is to keep it going.”

 

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